A Political Poem
Politics of 2014
Lambasting on the left, Ranting on the right
Like Schoolyard bullies spoiling for a fight
We’re livid, we’re righteous
Spewing hatred from both sides
With truth and lies
And fence sitters eyes wide
Hey batter batter becomes battery
And a verbal assault to the wounds
Of all players who each want to sit on the winning team
Ain’t got no switch-hitters here
It’s their way or the highway
To hell, of course.
Castigation tumbles from tactless lips
And religion and politics become so intertwined
That my soul covers its ears, stomps its foot
And screams out “stop it, stop it, stop it!”
Pro this, anti that, I can’t keep up with who
I should be hating today.
Seething malcontent comes from both teams
What we persons have become under the guise of free speech.
To each his own
But we’ve made a judgment throne
Where all opposing views are damnable
And hearts and minds become incapable
Of empathy, love, or civil discourse
If it matters, I’m pro choice, but anti abortion
I don’t want to lobby for your hobby to bear arms
But I’d like you responsible
And I wish your red-faced politicians would exit my womb
It’s getting crowded and loud in there
They need to leave my lady parts alone and
Actually focus on fixing our broken country.
I’m pro gay rights, but understand your conviction against
Although, I don’t know how your marriage is threatened
If Adam and Steve wed and breed
And have access to joint accounts and funeral services
Don’t make a cake for their wedding
Sawdust doesn’t taste so good in the form of a judgment cake
Just be polite when you say no.
I’m pro-Christ, but anti the blind, deaf, and dumb
Whose loud ramblings and hypocrisy have robbed them
of an ability to do more than
see evil everywhere
hear evil everywhere
and speak evil everywhere
Not my circus,
But I give you your personhood
Even when you act without respect for mine or others.
And as I sit hear reading posts
from people I love and claim friendship
I ask myself
When did Facebook become a platform for politics and preaching?
When did social media move from connecting friends
To bullying classmates?
Deriding your enemy for a laugh or two?
Stepping on a soapbox where
I disagree, therefore you’re shit
Can’t be bothered with it.
Don’t bother me with a conversation
Questing for understanding
And relevance in a confusing climate.
Never been a fence sitter
Simply an opinionated observer
Whose soul is screaming in protest
And wants no part of the right, nor none of the left
But to be left alone to pursue my rights for
Liberty and Life.
And I want the same for you, friend.
Stripped of personhood, called names and mocked
Denied equal rights, equal pay, denied respect.
Haven’t heard this song before.
Enmity raises its flag from personal beliefs
And I don’t want your politics
Your rigid outrage
Your contagious hatred.
We all deserve
A lifetime pursuit of love, learning, and connection.
Let Freedom Ring
for every citizen,
(those with DNA, not created with mortar and stones)
So I’m asking for steps
Made of mortar and stones
But taken by flesh and bones
Hug a fag.
Converse with a feminist.
Shake hands with a red-neck.
Have coffee with a communist
Or a bleeding heart liberal
Or a conservative tea drinker.
Dull the cacophony of arguments
With the first gentle note
Of doing more than reacting to what you hear
But actually listening to others.
Allow yourself to disagree without disrespect
Acknowledge even if you never accept
And maybe make a connection.